Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Songs that mean something

Today I am taking part in 'Hidden Hearing's Meaningful Melodies Competition and writing about five songs that mean something to me. 


1. Lana Del Rey - Video Games

The first song I am going to pick is mine and Adams wedding song which was Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games'. We choose this song because it was one that we heard a lot of around the time we were planning our wedding. I am a big fan of Lana Del Rey and the words in this song really relate to how we feel about each other..


"It's you, it's you, it's all for you
Everything I do
I tell you all the time
Heaven is a place on earth with you"


The song also (obviously) talks about video games and Adam and I spent years at the start of our relationship playing World of Warcraft an online fantasy MMO game :)

2. Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not The One

The second song is also love related. It's Daniel Bedingfield's 'If You're Not The One'. Adam and I listened to this lots back when we're in our teens and we would always say that it would be our wedding song when we were older. We later changed our wedding song to the one above, but played 'If you're not the one' as our second song. 

"But I know that this much is true
We’ll make it through 
And I hope you are the one I share my life with
And I wish that you could be the one I die with
And I pray in you’re the one I build my home with
I hope I love you all my life"


3. The Cranberries - Zombie

The Cranberries - Zombie is a very emotional song, I think it's actually about war. As with any song you can have your own interpretation of it and  like to look at it from the point of view of what I would say to someone who goes around doing whatever they please without thinking about how their actions/words hurt other people. We all need to be more aware of how we make other people feel. There is a stronger meaning to this song, but I don't know if I'm ready to talk about that just yet. Maybe another day. 

"What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?"

4. Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever 

I absolutely adore Raleigh Ritchie's Stronger Than Ever. When I listen to it it's like it gives me strength and confidence. I suddenly find a strength in me that I sometimes forget about. His words are powerful, beyond power. 

"Cause I'm a big boy an adult now or nearly 
If i pull the wool back from my eyes I can see clearly
The world is at my feet and I am standing on the ceiling (whoa)
And I fall fall fall when it all comes down
And I won't be crushed by the weight of this town
I'll fall from the sky, but I won't fall forever,
I'll fall but when I rise I'll be stronger than ever."


5. Rawthang - Scorned

Scorned by Rawthang is more of a drum and bass sound, but I love it. I used to listen to it on repeat form about 19 years old and I still love to listen to it! I remember playing it full blast when I passed my driving test, it's such a great in-the-car song (if you like that type of thing, of course!). 

Not posting any lyrics because it's not the lyrics that mean something it's the actual sound, have a listen to see what I mean. 

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What one song means the most to you and why?




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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Are you a lucky person?

Would you say you're a lucky person? I think that I generally am.


I feel grateful everyday for having the life that and family that I do. But I've also had some of those 'Oh wow, that was lucky!' moments throughout my life. Here are a few of mine:

- I bled heavily at 12 weeks pregnant with Ethan, I and everybody else at the hospital believed I was miscarrying but when I went back for a scan the next day there he was, my baby having a little swim! I'd just ruptured my placenta! Seeing my baby alive on the screen was categorically the luckiest that I've ever felt!

- The sun shone (very brightly) on the day of our outside wedding ceremony overlooking three lakes. Every time we had gone to visit the place we were marrying at, it had either rained, thundered or was just totally miserable. It rained and thundered on the day of our wedding at the time we'd initially said we'd wanted to marry (1pm) but by 3pm (the time we actually married) the sun was melting the make-up off of my face! We felt very lucky, as the alternative was marrying inside in just a dull bleak room! But no, we got stunning views and beautiful photographs and we felt very lucky!

- Just before Adam and I moved out together I very luckily inherited some money from a Grandparent that I actually hadn't really known - my Fathers Mother. My 'Father' left when I was 3 months old and he never really made the effort to be apart of my life and so I didn't know him or his parents. The money that I inherited helped us to move into our flat and furnish it. Again, we felt very lucky.

Here are a few other people who can count themselves among the lucky via bingo.paddypower.com (sp):


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What has been your luckiest moment?




Monday, 21 July 2014

Childhood Memories

I will often sit and take some time out to reminisce. I can sit there for what soon can become a while just thinking back to some of my old memories; they always makes me smile when I think about how far I've come in just 25 years!

Mecca Bingo (*sp) recently emailed out a challenge which involved answering ten questions about favourite cherished memories from your childhood and I liked the questions so much that I thought I would share them on here with you.

(It's actually really fun to sit and go through these, why not have a go yourself and either post your answers on your blog if you have one or if you don't, perhaps in the comment section below?)

Okay, here are mine; question number one..

1.     Name your group of best friends during school – are you still friends?I hung out with Adam after we met. But prior to that it was three lovely girls called Becci (Rebecca), Carly and Georgie. Sadly we no longer see each other anymore. But I do sometimes see updates from them via Facebook. (good old Facebook!)

2.     What would your typical weekend look like as a teenager? - Oh definitely our favourite pasta on a Saturday either at mine or Adams parents house, a movie, several hours of World of Warcraft and of course lots of snuggling up!


3.     At 14, what did you want to be when you were older? What do you do for a living now? I actually wanted to be an actress, but then when I got older I wanted to be a police officer. 



4.     What artists/bands did you love as a teenager?Eminem and Linkin Park were my favourites. And I still love them.



5.     Who was your first celebrity crush? - Haha, okay it was the lovely Christian from the boy band A1. And then it was and is still Eminem. I (may) have a bit of a thing for blondes ;)


6.     What was your favourite film? Is it still your favourite?Titanic and yeah I think it is still my favourite; it's such a brilliant, well made film! Although clearly a very sad event!


7.     What were your hobbies as a teenager? Reading, writing, spending time with my cats (that's totally classed as a hobby, right?!), playing online games and being an utra soppy girlfriend! (Not much has changed then - apart from the girlfriend part!).


8.     Growing up, who were your inspirations? Has this changed and why? Honestly, I don't really remember having anyone I felt really inspired by. I kind of just tried to focus on being myself and being happy.

9.     What is your biggest regret? Being shy and unconfident - I wish I found my confidence sooner. But that's just part of growing up isn't it? Oh and I really wish I hadn't got so caught up by the way I thought I looked; I wish I'd just had a little more self-acceptence! Again, it's just all part of growing up I think.


10.   What advice would you give your 16 year old self?- Just be yourself, because when you are - that's when you are happiest! 






Sunday, 20 July 2014

Our most romantic moment - EVER!

When I heard that My Single Friend (*sp) were holding a 'Romantic Rendezvous' competition which literally involves talking about your most romantic moment of all time, I just couldn't resist. A soppy gal like me, of course I had wanted to enter! 

Our most romantic moment is going to be an obvious sort of choice I think.. It's going to have to be that particularly awesome day that my now Husband asked me if I would like to become his wife.(Umm, YES!)

It was the day of my 20th birthday. A whole nearly six years ago now! Gosh.. doesn't time fly? And also, when did I get so old please?..

Anyway on with the story..

From 14 years old, Adam and I had spent many a year topping and tailing in the top bunk of mine and my little sisters bunk bed. (How we ever fit in there, I do not know..) And at Adams, we'd share a room with his brother. So when we got to 19, we took 'the' plunge.. We'd saved up our little bit of money together and so we made that first ever nerve racking call to a local estate agent. Who then kindly took us to see a little 2 bed modern flat, which shortly afterwards became our very first home!  

Having our own place was (and still is) bloody great! We'd buy lots of junk food (as you do at that age) and spend literally hours being very nerdy; playing in the fantasy land of the mighty World of Warcraft. We would come and go as we pleased. We had our freedom, our own space.. we'd started to grow up! We even became Mum and Dad! Well, not quite.. We adopted two beautiful kittens who were and still are our little babies.. It's just now, we have 2 more fur-babies AND even a real life baby.

Naturally, after being together from such a young age and after a while of living together for many months, our conversations rather quickly turned to the exciting prospect of marriage! We both knew that it wasn't going to be a case of being Mr and Mrs straight away.. we just wanted to be more than 'boyfriend and girlfriend' to each other.


On my 20th birthday we went shopping, we brought lots of goodies, we had lunch, we had, as usual, a brilliant time. Adam then dropped me off at my Mums on the way home for a while so I could spend a little time with my family. When I arrived home back to the flat there was a little note on the door. It read, 'Knock. Count to 10 and then come in. xxx' And so with excitement filling my chest and my throat, I did as the note said. 

When I entered our flat -  it was dark, all of the curtains were drawn and there were gorgeous red roses all over the floor. They were placed in a sort of trail that lead into the living room. Next to the roses were lots of little lined-up tea light candles either side, which were all alight. My heart skipped a beat. Was this really what I thought it was? 

I followed the candles and the roses into the living room and there he was.. the love of my life.. down on one knee with a ring box in his hand..

And that what is it.. It was our moment! The very moment that I said a rather big YES with absolutely certainty and the biggest most cheesiest smile you did ever see across my face!

And I have never looked back! <3 


( - a blurry but very precious photograph)



- happy, newly engaged (slightly spotty) us!



Saturday, 19 July 2014

A big thank you!

I won't pretend that I know exactly how the Tots 100 chart works, but I seem to have landed my little way on to the number 68 spot out of what I've heard is around 10,000 parenting blogs!? Someone please feel free to correct me if if I'm wrong with the 10,000 figure there.


Number 68; that's pretty epic to me! So if you are a follower of my little space on the the big world web, then a (very big) thank you. I know how hard it can be to make time to keep up with blogs, as I'm sure a lot of you that do read are probably either Mum's or bloggers or both yourself, and well we all know that pretty much equals no spare time!


Instagram activity/followers have now been added to the metric system to work out blog scores. Which means "Yay" - being an insta-addict paid off! But I have heard that the charts will be re-adjusting slightly when some of the more 'bigger' bloggers add in their Instagram accounts. But for now I am happy just to stare at my little number 68 badge with a big sense of pride and maybe a teeny weeny happy tear! :')

If you want to find me snapping away on good old Instagram you can do so here: @alexbumptobaby
If you follow let me know and I will be more than happy to follow you right back :)




Friday, 18 July 2014

Them.

Them. 

They are my world.

My absolute everything. 

Everything means something because of them. 

I am the happiest, most proudest, Mum and Wife that ever existed.

What more could I possibly want?








Thursday, 17 July 2014

And now I have a 15 Month old!

My sweet baby, you’re now 15 Months. 15 months old!

Ethan, you’ve grown into such a handsome, intelligent, independent little toddler! And I’m so very proud of you, here's a little bit of an update on the past month of your life.





You are such an independent little man this month! You know what you want and you're learning how to get it! You’re always really determined, almost stubborn sometimes! It's all just part of the fun of us (and you) discovering your personality.



You’re a very sociable little guy! When we take you to places where there are other children you love getting involved with them. It makes you so happy! And you do the most sweetest laugh I’ve ever heard when they start playing with you. You love to be involved and included with everyone and everything. :)



You are doing BRILLIANTLY at swimming, there isn’t a word to describe how proud I am of you. You go under water, you kick your legs just the way you should, you laugh, you jump in. You’re brilliant at it. You even let the instructors hold you whilst they swim you under the water and then you float back out into my arms. I am amazed at what you can do!! We’ve just signed up to another 10 weeks because it’s been so good for you developmental wise. You now even know all the songs we sing in the pool and you’re getting to know all of the other babies there too. #PROUDMAMA



We’ve also just started going to a toddler group in the next village to us on a Tuesday morning. I’m so pleased that I found it - Within a minute of being there you were flying around the floor in a baby walker racing around after the other children. You had SO much fun interacting with everyone and discovering new toys!


You’re walking!! ! 14 months! The age when you first started walking. A whole new way of the looking at the world has opened itself up to you! And you think it is great! You know how proud we are of you, every time you take a step, your face beams and you look to us as if to say ‘Look at what I’m doing!’ and we beam and cheer right back at you. We are so proud! You do a mixture of crawling and walking currently, but do more and more walking every single day!


No solid words as of yet, but you have learnt ‘ta’ and even though you don’t say it, you pass whatever your holding to whoever has said it. Which is very sweet :)


Oh and you’re dancing has returned!!! Months ago you would bop along to tunes , but then stopped doing for literally ages for some reason?! But, you’re back at it and now that you’re standing you even jig your bum about -  it’s hilarious!!


I love you so much my little pumpkin! And am so proud of you every single second!

love Mummy xxx






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